The history of Sandnes,dates back 6-700 years. But the earliest proof of people settling is 1664.
It´s belived that we reckon April 14th 1869 as the city´s birthday. It was then that King Carl,gave the town the rights to build.
But if we keep to the history the real birthday is April 28th 1782 ,when King Christian Vll wrote a privelege to Lauritz Smith Petersen. Which gave him permission to build a brick factory. The factory opened in 1783.
Clay has been a big part of Sandnes for over 200 years. In recent years the production of clay products has almost stopped,and with that the knownledge.
But there are still one world renowned factory FIGGJO A/S www.figgjo.no,are still going strong. They are well renowned for their china.
Sandnes is also called "the bicycle town",with many places to bike. The bicycle has always been a big part of the city. And until a few years ago we had Norway´s only bicycle factory. They are now closed down.
In recent years the main focus of business has been:TECHNOLOGY,OIL RELATED BUSINESS,AND RETAIL. WE HAVE ONE OF NORWAY´S BIGGEST SHOPPING MALL.KVADRAT www.kvadrat.no AND THE BEST SERVICE IN NORWAY.